chick gasping and wheezing- choking?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tunaoftheland, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 1 1/2 week old speckled sussex is gasping and making tiny wheezing noises. I think she might be choking. She keeps closing her eyes and is obviously unhappy. It just started a little bit ago. I searched and saw a couple drops of olive oil might help? But I don't know how to get them in her, they just end up on her [​IMG] Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Have you checked her bottom to make sure she isn't pasted up with poo? If so and all is clear there, it does sound like an obstruction. Typically once a chick gets an obstruction there is very little you can do. Is there any chance she came in contact with something respiratory? Do you have adult birds? If so, they it could be a respirtory illness going on. How many chicks are in the brooder and do any others show any symptoms?
     
  3. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no, she's not pasted up. She had some pasty butt when I first got her, but it hasn't been a problem after the first couple days. I did manage to get her to swallow a couple drops of olive oil. She is in with three other chicks who all seem completely fine. I do have adult birds outside (the chicks are in the kitchen) but I've been trying to be very careful about keeping things clean and seperate between them. I hope I didn't spread something [​IMG] Thanks for the help though [​IMG]
     
  4. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she passed away [​IMG]

    At least she didn't have to suffer for too long. And I guess it's good that at least it really must have been choking and not a disease since it was so fast, so hopefully the others will be fine [​IMG]
     

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